Born on September 8, 1955 in Lugano, Claudio Sulser came to Lausanne in 1974, at the age of 19, to prepare his commercial maturity at the Lemania School, which he passed with distinction in 1975. This studies allowed him to perfect his French and to pursue later and in parallel to his soccer career law studies at the end of which he became a lawyer and a doctor of law.
His career as a player was impressive. Trained at FC Mendrisio-Stabio in Ticino, he played from 1973 to 1976 at Vevey-Sport (during his studies in Lausanne). He then joined the Grasshopper Club in Zurich where he stayed until 1986. He was four times Swiss champion and once winner of the Swiss Cup with this famous Zurich club. He then returned to Ticino and ended his career with FC Lugano.
He was a striker and was named top scorer in the Swiss championship in 1980 and 1982. In 1979 he was the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League. He was selected 49 times for the national team between 1977 and 1986 and scored 13 goals in the red jersey with a white cross.
It would be difficult to mention all the mandates Claudio Sulser has held since then.
From 2010 to 2012 he was Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, and in May 2013 he was elected Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee and member of the FIFA Working Group against Racism and Discrimination. He was also a member of the Technical Committee against Doping of the Swiss Olympic Association.
He is currently a lawyer and President of the private bank Zarattini in Lugano.
Philippe Du Pasquier